Feb 162023
Review: Looking for Inspiration – How Rabindranath Tagore penned his favourite poem
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Book Title: Looking for Inspiration – How Rabindranath Tagore penned his favourite poem (Magic Makers series)
Author: Mamta Nainy
Illustrator: Kalyani Ganapathy
Publisher: Puffin Books
Type: Paperback
Pages: 48
Recommended Age: 5/6-9 years

For my child, who is about 6 years old, is “Inspiration” a large word?

Will she be able to relate to the book about Rabindranath Tagore, because I haven’t yet read her any of his works?

These were the thoughts that crossed my mind after receiving this book. But much to my surprise, my kid was thrilled as soon as I handed her this book. “Mumma, is this a book about a Wizard?” She exclaimed and I said, “Yes, he is a wizard, who works magic with his words.”

Here’s how the story goes:

One day Ravindranath Tagore, fondly known as Robi in his childhood, wakes up realizing he has lost his Inspiration. He struggles to write anything on this notepad and decides to look for inspiration.

In order to regain his lost inspiration, author Mamta Nainy takes us on a tour with Robi through his lush garden, close to a tranquil stream, on his terrace, and in his library, which is filled with tonnes of books. Where Robis curious eyes continue to take in all the finer natural nuances.

In today’s world of rote learning for our children, a creative inspiration is a much-neglected feature. In a world where everything is just a click away, we barely ever look around for ideas for our art projects. It was wonderful to be able to share this idea with my kid at such a young age through this book. The author has created the ideal resource to assist the little minds in discovering their next source of inspiration.

Additionally, the author has expertly captured how even the greatest novelist of all times could experience helplessness and writer’s block. Kids will gain encouragement from the fact that it’s normal to feel lost, unproductive, and blank; all they have to do is look around them, and hopefully they’ll find some buried inspiration.

The illustrations are a visual pleasure; we’ve never seen anything so brilliantly drawn. With her stunning artwork, Kalyani Ganapathy has brought magic to every page. Everything seems so lovely, and it’s easy to get lost in the details, like crumpled papers, Champa flowers, dragonflies, and a family of ducks. My favourite page in the book is the one with the relaxing gulmohor flowers and the picture of Robi in his canoe with the reflection in the stream water. Robi’s keen, curious eyes also deserves a special mention. 

This book is ideal for you if, like my daughter and I, you appreciate the natural world, art and books.

Looking for Inspiration, will undoubtedly motivate you to glance around and be charmed by the beauty of the surroundings.

The other books in this series is Roshan’s Road to Music (you can read Achira’s review here) and That Big-Voiced Girl (you can read Mona’s incredible review here!) .

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